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December 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| December 30, 2021

December 2021 PPM Data – Information for the December 2021 ratings period has been released for New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario; San Jose; and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

Nielsen Audio’s December 2021 sweep covered November 11 – December 8.

TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty.

Cited as well are each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are November 2021 – December 2021 (6+).

 

NEW YORK

News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 2.6 – 2.4, -.2, flat at #15

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.4 – 2.3, -.1, #17 to #16

News: Audacy’s WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 3.6 – 3.8, +.2, steady in eighth-place and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, #18 to #17

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 3.2 – 3.0, -.2, #11 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 2.9 – 3.1, +.2, unchanged at #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, fifth straight month, 6.8 – 9.7, +2.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLTW (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (-1.0)

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 3.5 – 3.1, -.4, eighth to seventh

News: Audacy’s KNX-AM “1070 News Radio” 2.9 – 2.6, -.3, #10 to #11

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Pasadena Area Community College’s KPCC 1.8 – 1.9, +.1, #21 to #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST, fifth successive month, 6.0 – 11.6, +5.6

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOST (+5.6)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: sports talk KLAC (-1.1)

Note: Two days prior to the conclusion of the December 2021 sweep (12/6), Audacy CHR KNOU began simulcasting all-news KNX-AM and has since changed calls to KNX-FM. KNOU finished the December 2021 survey period at #21 (1.4 – 1.8, +.4)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” (Blackhawks) steady at 3.7, ninth to eighth

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) flat at 5.7, first to second

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ 4.7 – 5.1, +.4, fifth to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT, second month in succession, 5.7 – 11.8, +6.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLIT (+6.1)*

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): classical WFMT and classic rock WDRV (-.8)

*Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “Talk Radio 560” 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, #21 to #20

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 7.2 – 6.7, -.5, second to third

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) 4.0 – 3.4, -.6, sixth to eighth

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.8 – 8.6, +.8, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, twelfth straight month, 7.8 – 8.6, +.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (+3.7)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: news/talk KGO (-.7)

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 3.4 – 2.8, -.6, #10 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” (Stars) 4.1 – 3.5, -.6, #6 to #11

Audacy’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) steady at 2.2, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA unchanged at 2.8, #15 to #14

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KDGE, first month, 4.3 – 8.8, +4.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KDGE (+4.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: CHR KHKS (-.7)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” 4.9 – 4.4, -.5, sixth to seventh

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston-owned KUHF 2.4 – 2.3, -.1, flat at #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, eighth consecutive month, 6.6 – 10.8, +4.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KODA (+4.2)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): Spanish contemporary Christian KHVU and sports talk KBME (-.9)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 9.3 – 6.6, -2.7, first to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons and Hawks) 2.5 – 2.2, -.3, #14 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools’ WABE 2.7 – 2.4, -.3, #13 to #14

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV first month, 7.5 – 7.3, -.2, replaces news/talk WSB-AM & WSBB, which  had been #1 the past 30 months

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian WFSH (+2.2)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: news/talk WSB-AM & WSBB (-2.7)**

**Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: Audacy-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” 1.5 – 1.1, -.4, #19 to #20 and WPHT’s internet stream, which debuts with a 1.1, thus tying WPHT’s AM signal at #20

News: Audacy’s KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.2 – 4.6, -.6, fourth to sixth

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Eagles) 5.1 – 4.6, -.5, flat at #6

Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers and Flyers) 2.3 – 1.9, -.4, #14 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY’s WHYY 5.2 – 5.7, +.5, fourth to fifth

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WBEB, first month, 4.8 – 10.1, +5.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WBEB (+5.3)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: country WXTU (-.9)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 3.0 – 2.9, -.1, #13 to #12

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 3.5 – 3.3, -.2, flat at #10 and cluster-mate WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 3.0 – 2.8, -.2, repeats at #13

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 4.5 – 4.0, -.5, fourth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 1.4 – 1.8, +.4, #24 to #19

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, fifth straight month, 6.9 – 7.3, +.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: hot AC WALK-FM (+3.0)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WKJY (-1.3)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFI “AM 640” 2.6 – 2.5, -.1, #13 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, ninth straight month, 7.5 – 8.0, +.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOST (+3.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KRQB (-.9)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” 2.3 – 1.7, -.6, #14 to #16

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.2 – 5.6, -.6, second to fourth

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) flat at 2.0, #17 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 8.3 – 9.3, +1.0, first to second

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary KOIT-FM first month, 5.7 – 9.7, +4.0

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (+4.0)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: hot AC KLLC (-1.4)

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” steady at 4.6, remains in eighth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 2.6 – 2.8, +.2, continues at #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM 3.5 – 4.1, +.6, ninth to tenth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, first month, 5.9 – 8.3, +2.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMGQ (+2.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: Spanish tropical WSKQ (-2.6)

 

Up next: December 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.

November 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| December 2, 2021

November 2021 PPM Data – Information for the November 2021 ratings period has been released for New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario; San Jose; and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

Nielsen Audio’s November 2021 sweep covered October 14 – November 10.

TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty.

Cited as well are each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are October 2021 – November 2021 (6+).

NEW YORK

News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 2.4 – 2.6, +.2, #17 to #15

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.2 – 2.4, +.2, #18 to #17

News: Audacy’s WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 2.8 – 3.6, +.8, #14 to #8 and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, #19 to #18

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 3.3 – 3.2, -.1, flat at #11

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 3.6 – 2.9, -.7, #8 to #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, fourth straight month, 7.0 – 6.8, -.2

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: news WINS (+.8)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: classical WQXR (-.8)

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 3.2 – 3.5, +.3, tenth to eighth

News: Audacy’s KNX “1070 News Radio” 3.1 – 2.9, -.2, #11 to #10

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (Chargers and Clippers) 2.5 – 2.2, -.3, #13 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST, fourth successive month, 6.3 – 6.0, -.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: smooth AC KTWV (+.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: Spanish adult hits KLYY (-.9)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” (Blackhawks) 3.5 – 3.7, +.2, locked in ninth-place

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) 6.7 – 5.7, -1.0, #1

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WSCR “670 The Score” (Bulls) 2.5 – 2.1, -.4, #14 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ 4.9 – 4.7, -.2, third to fifth

Number One 6+ (Tie): news WBBM-AM & WCFS, third straight month, 6.7 – 5.7, -1.0 and iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT, first month, 4.6 – 5.7, +1.1

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLIT (+1.1)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: news WBBM-AM & WCFS (-1.0)

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” 1.7 – 1.8, +.1, remains at #19

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.0 – 7.2, +1.2, third to second

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) 6.9 – 4.0, -2.9, second to sixth

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.2 – 7.8, +.6, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, eleventh straight month, 7.2 – 7.8, +.6

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: news KCBS-AM & KFRC (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: sports talk KNBR (-2.9)*

*Represents the largest October 2021 – November 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 3.6 – 3.4, -.2, ninth to tenth

News – Talk: Audacy’s KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” 1.9 – 2.2, +.3, #23 to #19

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” (Stars) 4.0 – 4.1, +.1, fifth to sixth

Audacy’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, flat at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA 3.0 – 2.8, -.2, stays at #15

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia CHR KHKS, fourth month in a row, 5.4 – 5.1, -.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: urban contemporary KKDA-FM (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: hot AC KDMX (-.6)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” 4.8 – 4.9, +.1, seventh to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston-owned KUHF 2.6 – 2.4, -.2, #18 to #19

Number One 6+ (Tie): iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, seventh consecutive month, 6.5 – 6.6, +.1 and Univision regional Mexican KLTN, first month, 6.2 – 6.6, +.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase (Tie): contemporary Christian KSBJ and CHR KRBE (+.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KQQK (-.6)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 9.6 – 9.3, -.3, #1

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “The Fan” (2021 World Series champion Braves) 2.2 – 3.0, +.8, #17 to #11

Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons and Hawks) 2.9 – 2.5, -.4, #11 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools’ WABE 2.4 – 2.7, +.3, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: news/talk WSB-AM, 30th consecutive month, 9.6 – 9.3, -.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase (Tie): sports talk WCNN and urban AC WALR (+.8)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: news/talk WGKA (-.6)

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: Audacy-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” 1.4 – 1.5, +.1, #20 to #19

News: Audacy’s KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.3 – 5.2, -.1, sixth to fourth

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Eagles) 5.5 – 5.1, -.4, fifth to sixth

Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers and Flyers) 1.8 – 2.3, +.5, #17 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY’s WHYY 5.6 – 5.2, -.4, flat at #4

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM, eleventh straight month, steady at 8.7

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: classic rock WMGK (+.9)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: triple A WXPN (-.6)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.7 – 3.0, +.3, #15 to #13

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 2.9 – 3.5, +.6, #12 to #10 and cluster-mate WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 2.8 – 3.0, +.2, steady at #13

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 4.9 – 4.5, -.4, continues in fourth-place

Public Radio News/Talk:  None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, fourth straight month, 6.3 – 6.9, +.6

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: CHR WHTZ (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: CHR WBLI (-1.1)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFI “AM 640” 2.7 – 2.6, -.1, #14 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, eighth straight month, 8.6 – 7.5, -1.1

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: regional Mexican KRQB (+.7)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KOLA (-1.1)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, #15 to #14

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 5.7 – 6.2, +.5, carries on in second-place

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) 4.0 – 2.0, -2.0, #6 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.9 – 8.3, +.4, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, tenth month in a row, 7.9 – 8.3, +.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (+1.8)**

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: sports talk KNBR (-2.0)

**Represents the largest October 2021 – November 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 3.7 – 4.6, +.9, tenth to eighth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 3.0 – 2.6, -.4, #12 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM 4.1 – 3.9, -.2, repeats at #9

Number One 6+: Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ, third month in a row, 7.4 – 7.8, +.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: news/talk WKXW (+.9)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WXBK (-2.2)***

***Eight (8) days into the November sweep (10/22), country WNSH flipped to urban contemporary WXBK

Up next: November 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

| November 2, 2021

Bongino Off the Radio This Week; Still Hosting Podcast. This may be the week that the rift between Westwood One parent company Cumulus Media and nationally syndication talk host Dan Bongino is settled – one way or the other. Bongino’s 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm ET show is being guest hosted this week after the syndicator ran best-of shows last week during his absence. At issue here is Bongino’s stand against the company’s vaccine mandates and his publicly calling out the company and demanding it rescind the requirement that all employees get vaccinated. He is still producing his daily, one-hour podcast for the iHeartRadio platform this week and on it he’s addressing vaccine mandates and his belief that they are ultimately doing the nation more harm than good. As far as Cumulus Media is concerned, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which the company retreats on its vaccine mandate and since Bongino is obviously serious about his ultimatum, it looks like the two parties are likely headed for a separation.

Interep Radio Founder Ralph Guild Passes at 93. Legendary radio sales figure Ralph Guild – long credited with creating what is now the standard operating structure for television and radio rep companies, passed away yesterday (11/1) in Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 93. Guild launched Interep Radio in 1981 to offer the communications and marketing expertise he believed radio stations would come to expect from their representatives. Created as a holding company, Interep brought independent rep firms together under a single corporate umbrella and grew to over $1 billion in sales. In 1986, under Guild’s stewardship, Interep launched Group W Radio Sales, which ultimately became CBS Radio Sales. Other dedicated rep companies created by Interep included ABC Radio Sales. Guild began his radio representation career in 1957 as a young executive at McGavren Radio – a San Francisco-based firm devoted to representing radio advertising. The company sent him to New York to open their first east coast office, and by 1967 McGavren Radio had become McGavren Guild. In 1973, Guild had become the company’s president and chief operating officer, and later its chairman. Guild’s son Marc, who was also a well-known radio industry executive, passed away in 2020. Guild is survived by his children, Gale, Lynn, Sharon, and Adam, his 16 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Townsquare Media 2021 Third Quarter Net Revenue Up 17%. The company reveals the results of its 2021 third quarter financial report and says net revenue was $111.3 million, up 16.7% compared to the same period in 2020 and just 1% shy of the net revenue in Q3 of 2019 – just prior to the pandemic. Net income for the quarter was $12.9 million, up from $1.3 million in Q3 of 2020. Townsquare Media reports its business in three segments: Townsquare Interactive, the company’s digital marketing solutions subscription business; Advertising, which includes broadcast and digital advertising products and solutions; and Live Events, which is comprised of the company’s live events, including concerts, expositions and other experiential events. Townsquare Interactive net subscription revenue increased $2.9 million, or 16.2%, to $21.1 million, Advertising net revenue increased $10.3 million, or 13.3%, to $87.4 million, and Live Events net revenue increased $2.7 million to $2.7 million, each as compared to the third quarter of 2020. Townsquare Media CEO Bill Wilson says, “Townsquare’s strong performance continued in the third quarter of 2021, highlighted by robust year-over-year net revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, and net income growth.  Adjusted EBITDA surpassed 2019 levels for the fourth consecutive quarter, and net revenue was at 99% of 2019 levels… As a Digital First Company with approximately 47% of total net revenue (excluding political) coming from our digital platform and solutions, we continue to separate ourselves from the local competition. In the third quarter, total digital revenue increased 20% year-over-year (+29% vs. Q3 2019), and we expect double-digit digital net revenue growth to continue, fueling the growth of our digital platform from $188 million of revenue (on a trailing twelve-month basis as of September 30, 2021) to $250 million in just three short years. Our digital revenue growth, combined with strong profit growth, allowed us to reduce net leverage to 4.9x as of September 30, a meaningful reduction of 2.9x year over year. I am incredibly proud of the Townsquare Team and the results we have delivered to date, which sets us up to noticeably exceed 2019’s Adjusted EBITDA in FY 2021, marking a record profit level for our company. Although COVID is far from over, we have been able to achieve our revenue and EBITDA targets faster than we had initially planned for while gaining market share. As such, we are quickly moving towards our ultimate goal of being the number one local media company in each of our 67 markets.”

Beasley Media Group Q3 Net Revenue Up 26.7%. For the third quarter of 2021, Beasley Media Group reports net revenue of $62.9 million, an increase of 26.7% over the same period in 2020. The company reports a net loss of $1.6 million, down from the $2.7 million net loss reported in Q3 of 2020. Station operating income rose to $11.7 million, up 36% from the $8.1 million reported in the third quarter of 2020. Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley states, “Beasley’s strong third quarter financial results reflect the operating and financial benefits of our digital transformation and revenue diversification initiatives, which are becoming more visible as we move deeper into the post-pandemic economic recovery. Accelerating demand from consumers and advertisers for our premium content and multi-platform marketing solutions drove third quarter net revenue of $62.9 million, marking a 6% increase over second quarter 2021 levels and a 27% increase over the comparable prior year period. Top line growth, combined with the meaningful actions we have taken over the past year to permanently reduce costs and improve operating efficiencies, resulted in a significant 45% year-over-year increase in SOI to $11.7 million, as well as positive free cash flow of approximately $1.7 million. While the Delta variant impacted some markets during the quarter, strong growth in core radio advertising and digital advertising revenue resulted in year-over-year total revenue increases across nearly all of our markets, with healthy double-digit growth in Atlanta, Boca Raton, Boston, Detroit, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Tampa and Wilmington. The growth was primarily driven by a significant increase in sports betting revenue. Beasley continues to generate positive results from strategic investments in our digital and esports infrastructure and content production capabilities, which are further strengthening the long-term competitive position of our diversified media platform. Growing consumer and advertiser demand for Beasley’s digital audio content drove a 67% year-over-year increase in digital revenue, with digital accounting for 13% of total third quarter revenue. With our ongoing focus on premium audio and digital content, Beasley’s digital network delivered record digital audience impressions for the second consecutive quarter, with total digital impressions growing 13% over the prior year period, including a 17% year-over-year increase in our total digital streaming audience. On the esports front, we recently launched AXLE-R8, our first expansion team marking our entry into the Rocket League Championship series, which attracts a highly engaged and growing young audience. As we continue to build our esports portfolio, we remain focused on looking for new, innovative ways to monetize this content to drive profitable long-term revenue growth. In summary, we continue to make significant progress on our near-term goal of returning all of our revenue sources to pre-pandemic levels, as we integrate our leading broadcast platform with our fast-growing digital solutions while maintaining deep local connections and reach within our markets.”

Duke Brooks Exits Resort Broadcasting’s WGMD-FM, Rehoboth Beach. Talk show host Duke Brooks tells TALKERS magazine that he left his position as host of the afternoon drive program at Resort Broadcasting’s news/talk WGMD-FM, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on October 15. He says, “I’ve been honored to have the company of thousands of Delmarvans every weekday afternoon for over six years, but WGMD plans a new programming direction in which I have no experience. That, among several other reasons, meant that it was time for me to depart Resort Broadcasting, LLC.” Brooks first joined WGMD in the fall of 2009 as evening talk show host but, along with several other staffers, was let go on February 2, 2011. He then worked as communication director for the Sussex County GOP and then for Kevin Wade’s (R-DE) campaigns for the U.S. Senate. He returned to WGMD on March 13, 2015.

Fisher House Radio Special Available for Veterans Day Weekend. In time for this year’s recognition of Veteran’s Day, Fisher House Foundation announces that The Jeff Wyatt Group has a free, fresh edition of “The Fisher House Story” for 2021 NOW available for download. You can hear the demo, register, and download today here. “The Fisher House Story – Peace of Mind and a Place to Heal” is a radio special provided in varying lengths for news/talk radio stations as well as a 30-minute public affairs show for ALL formats in the U.S. and around the world. Fisher House Foundation provides a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Fisher Houses provide temporary free lodging so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis because “A Family’s LOVE is Good Medicine.” The 3-hour, 1-hour, 25 and 30-minute radio specials are hosted by long-time radio personality Jeff Wyatt and features stories of our nation’s heroes, the families who serve by their side, and how Fisher House plays a role in their journey. This informational talk show will leave listeners feeling inspired during Veterans Day weekend (Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11) and through the holiday season, sharing stories of amazing service members, veterans, and their families.

Biden Spending Bills, Election Day, COVID-19, SCOTUS Abortion Law Case, COP26, and Kyle Rittenhouse Trial to Begin Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/1). The status of President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and $1.75 trillion economic plan and Congress likely to act on them this week; today’s tight gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey; the rate of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., vaccine mandates, and vaccine approval for children; the Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments in the case of Texas’ restrictive abortion law; the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow; and the beginning of the trial of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

October 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| November 2, 2021

October 2021 PPM Data – Information for the October 2021 ratings period has been released for New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario; San Jose; and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

Nielsen Audio’s October 2021 sweep covered September 16 – October 13.

TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty.

Cited as well are each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are September 2021 – October 2021 (6+).

NEW YORK

News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 2.2 – 2.4, +.2, #18 to #17

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.4 – 2.2, -.2, #16 to #18

News: Audacy’s WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” flat at  2.8, #13 to #14 and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 2.4 – 2.1, -.3, #16 to #19

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees and Giants) 2.7 – 3.3, +.6, #14 to #11

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 3.4 – 3.6, +.2, tenth to eighth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, third straight month, 8.3 – 7.0, -1.3

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: Spanish contemporary WXNY (+.8)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-1.3)

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 3.8 – 3.2, -.6, seventh to tenth

News: Audacy’s KNX “1070 News Radio” 3.0 – 3.1, +.1, #10 to #11

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (Dodgers and Chargers) 2.1 – 2.5, +.4, #18 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: Pasadena Area Community College’s KPCC 3.0 – 2.0, -1.0, #10 to #20

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST, third successive month, 5.5 – 6.3, +.8

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOST (+.8)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk KPCC (-1.0)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” 3.6 – 3.5, -.1, anchored at #9

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) 6.6 – 6.7, +.1, #1

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WSCR “670 The Score” (Cubs) steady at 2.5, #16 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ 4.3 – 4.9, +.6, fourth to third

Number One 6+: news WBBM-AM & WCFS, second straight month, 6.6 – 6.7, +.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WBEZ (+.6)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): hot AC WTMX; adult contemporary WRME-LP; and news/talk WLS-AM (-.6)

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” flat at 1.7, #18 to #19

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.5 – 6.0, -.5, locked at #3

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants and 49ers) 7.0 – 6.9, -.1, remains in second-place

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.9 – 7.2, -.7, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, tenth straight month, 7.9 – 7.2, -.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: rhythmic hot AC KRBQ (+.6)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): public radio news/talk KQED and regional Mexican KRZZ (-.7)

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 4.0 – 3.6, -.4, seventh to ninth

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” 3.6 – 4.0, +.4, #11 to #5

Audacy-owned KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) 1.8 – 2.3, +.5, #21 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA 3.1 – 3.0, -.1, #14 to #15

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia CHR KHKS, third month in a row, 4.6 – 5.4, +.8

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: CHR KHKS (+.8)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): country KPLX and regional Mexican KZZA (-.5)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” flat at 4.8, carries on at #7

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston-owned KUHF steady at 2.6, #19 to #18

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, sixth consecutive month, 6.6 – 6.5, -.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: regional Mexican KLTN (+.6)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): urban AC KMJQ; Spanish contemporary KLOL; and regional Mexican KTJM (-.5)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 9.7 – 9.6, -.1, #1

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons) flat at 2.9, #10 to #11

Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “The Fan” (Braves) 1.9 – 2.2, +.3, repeats at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools’ WABE 2.3 – 2.4, +.1, unchanged at #14

Number One 6+: news/talk WSB-AM, 29th consecutive month, 9.7 – 9.6, -.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: gospel WPZE (+1.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: CHR WWPW (-1.2)

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: Audacy-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” 1.6 – 1.4, -.2, continues at #20

News: Audacy’s KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.4 – 5.3, -.1, fourth to sixth

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Phillies and Eagles) 4.8 – 5.5, +.7, seventh to fifth

Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” 1.7 – 1.8, +.1, #18 to #17

The internet stream of Audacy-owned WIP 1.6 – 1.4, -.2, flat at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY’s WHYY 5.1 – 5.6, +.5, fifth to fourth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM, tenth straight month, 8.3 – 8.7, +.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: sports talk WIP (+.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: CHR WIOQ (-.6)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 3.1 – 2.7, -.4, #14 to #15

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 3.2 – 2.9, -.3, #13 to #12 and cluster-mate WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 3.5 – 2.8, -.7, #12 to #13

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees and Giants) 4.4 – 4.9, +.5, repeats at #4

Public Radio News/Talk:  None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, third straight month, 5.4 – 6.3, +.9

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (+.9)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): news WINS and rhythmic CHR WQHT (-.7)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFI “AM 640” 2.9 – 2.7, -.2, #11 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, seventh straight month, 8.7 – 8.6, -.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: urban-rhythmic oldies KDAY (+1.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KRTH (-1.4)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” steady at 2.1, #16 to #15

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 5.5 – 5.7, +.2, repeats at #2

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants and 49ers) 4.9 – 4.0, -.9, third to sixth

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.8 – 7.9, +.1, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, ninth month in a row, 7.8 – 7.9, +.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classical KDFC (+1.0)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KBAY (-1.1)

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 4.4 – 3.7, -.7, sixth to tenth

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 2.1 – 1.7, -.4, #19 to #20

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees and Giants) 2.8 – 3.0, +.2, #14 to #12

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM 4.1 – 3.9, -.2, repeats at #9

Number One 6+: Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ, second month in a row, 6.9 – 7.4, +.5

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLTW (+2.4)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic rock WAXQ (-1.1)

Up next: October 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

| October 5, 2021

Round One of September PPMs Released. The first of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s September 2021 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen’s September 2021 sweep covered August 19 – September 15. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. iHeartMedia’s New York City news/talk WOR adds four-tenths to finish with a 2.4 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) and rises to the #16 rank while Red Apple Media’s crosstown news/talk WABC climbs three-tenths for a 2.2 share finish and the #18 rank. iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI, Los Angeles dips three-tenths to a 3.8 share but remains in the #7 rank. In Chicago, Nexstar Media Group’s news/talk WGN tacks on two-tenths for a 3.6 share and stays ranked #9 while Audacy’s crosstown all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM adds nine-tenths for a 6.6 share finish and recaptures the #1 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

iHeartMedia Names Dalena Pajares VP of Sales for St. Louis Cluster. Sales pro Dalena Pajares joins iHeartMedia’s St. Louis station group as vice president of sales. The cluster includes news/talk KTLK-FM “104.9 The Patriot” and KATZ-HD2/W279AQ “BIN: Black Information Network” as well as eight music brands. Pajares was most recently an account executive with The Center for Sales Strategy. Previously, she’d served with Hubbard Radio, Emmis Communications, CBS Radio, and Cox Radio. She comments, “I am so blessed to be given the opportunity to join this talented group of people. iHeartMedia St. Louis has powerful solutions to offer emerging brands, our local business community and nationwide advertisers. I’m committed to making a positive contribution and can’t wait to grow and help others as they grow.”

CUMULUS MEDIA | Westwood One Audio Active Group Develops Audio Planning Guide. This week’s blog from the CUMULUS MEDIA | Westwood One Audio Active Group shares data sourced from Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” Report, Nielsen’s Nationwide, and the Scarborough Podcast Buying Power study that makes up its Audio Planning Guide. Some of the key findings include: 1) Many media strategists and planners mistakenly believe Pandora and Spotify have the largest share of ad-supported audio listening. At a 76% share, Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” reveals AM/FM radio is the dominant ad-supported audio platform; 2) From the Q2 2021 “Share of Ear” study, Edison reports the 76 share of AM/FM radio is 13 times larger than Pandora and 19 times larger than Spotify; 3) According to the Nielsen Commspoint, the media planning platform, a reallocation of 20%-30% of the TV budget to AM/FM radio generates significant lift in incremental reach; and 4) One of biggest misperceptions of AM/FM radio is that it is a “drive time” medium. The reality is only 40% of U.S. AM/FM radio listening occurs during mornings and afternoon drive times. 60% of U.S. AM/FM radio listening occurs outside of drive times. See more here.

Audacy and Osiris Media Partner for ‘Breaking Waves’ Podcast Series. A new podcast series from Audacy, in partnership with Osiris Media, titled “Breaking Waves” launches on October 12. The series centers around stories and anecdotes revisited by bands, Audacy talent, stations and friends who watched, lived and defined a particular music scene or movement. The first episode is “Breaking Waves: Seattle” and focuses on the emergence and growth of grunge and alternative music in the city in the 80s and 90s. Audacy SVP of programming Dave Richards says, “We are so excited to introduce the ‘Breaking Waves’ podcast series to our audience. This music was such a defining genre in the history book of American culture and set the stage for so many bands that followed. We’re thrilled to bring the genuine storytelling from the people who created and lived the scene – from its start in the 80s into the groundbreaking 90s, to now. This is the first of many podcasts that will give our audience the story of a time and place, that went from local to worldwide.”

Biden Spending Bills/Debt Crisis, COVID-19, Facebook Whistleblower, Pandora Papers, China’s Taiwan Aggression, California Oil Spill, Fed Insider Trading Allegations, France Catholic Church Scandal Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/4). The status of President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill and his $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill and the fate of the country’s debt ceiling; the rate of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the controversy over booster shots, and mask & vaccine mandates; the aftermath of Facebook “whistleblower” Frances Haugen’s appearance on “60 Minutes”; the release of the “Pandora Papers” that reveal how the global elite hide their money in off-shore accounts to avoid taxes; China’s military jet flights over Taiwan; the oil spill off the coast of Southern California; the allegations of insider trading by some Federal Reserve officials; and France is rocked by the revelation of decades long sexual abuse of children by Catholic Church employees were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.